Gentle Bees Are Here In Avon Lake

Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club President Beth Murphy and Vice President Jennifer Fenderbosch with  bee house at Avon Lake Public Library’s Children Vegetable Garden.

Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club President Beth Murphy and Vice President Jennifer Fenderbosch with bee house at Avon Lake Public Library’s Children Vegetable Garden.

Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club’s 2016 President Beth Murphy has selected her president’s project – to bring pollinators to Avon Lake – because she knew that pollinators were at risk.

Beth researched the BeeGAP (Gardeners Adding Pollinators) program a joint effort through the National Garden Club and Crown Bees. The club’s new year began May 2016, the board was elected, and it was time to go ahead with the BeeGAP project.

Both President Beth Murphy and Vice President Jennifer Fenderbosch purchased bee houses for their own homes to better understand and explain the process to other members and citizens of Avon Lake. They became speakers for the Crown Bees project and were able to receive the financial support needed from the Avon Lake Parks and Recreation Department. Nine bee houses were purchased for placing throughout the city.

The houses are located at Avon Lake Public Library’s Children’s vegetable garden, the Community garden adjacent to Troy School property, Avon Lake City Hall, Walker Road Park Butterfly Garden, Lorain County Metroparks Kopf Reservation, Beach Park Point Garden, Wildflower Garden, Gazebo Garden at Miller Road Park Civic Gardens tended by the garden club, and Veterans Memorial Park in Historic Folger Home Garden.

Bee cocoons before they were placed in the houses.

Bee cocoons before they were placed in the houses.

Take a walk this summer and see what the bees are doing! You will discover gentle bees like masons and leafcutters.

The gentle-natured Mason bee is an amazing pollinator for spring fruit and nut trees, berries and blooming plants. It rarely stings and makes a welcome garden companion. The charming ladies love to wake to the warmth of the early morning sun, and pollinate until day’s end. The Summer Leafcutter Bees, which are now in the Avon Lake Houses, are a pollinator of late summer fruits and vegetables. The gentle bee rarely sting, but love hot weather. If you are interested in learning more call Beth at 440-225-3294 or Jennifer at 440-821-4617.

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